Islam News – As President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office on January 20, Iran nuclear deal parties prepare for the possible return of the US, as Al – Monitor reported.
Biden foreshadowed that Washington would return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), which aims at limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
“Ministers acknowledged the prospect of a return of the US to the JCPOA and underlined their readiness to positively address this in a joint effort,” a statement on behalf of ministers from Iran, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK said after Monday morning’s online meeting.
Most recently Iran announced it planning to install advanced centrifuges at Iran’s main nuclear enrichment plant in Natanz, a plan condemned by France, Germany and Britain — collectively known as the “E3” — as “deeply worrying”.
In the wake of Fakhrizadeh’s death, Iranian MPs passed a bill calling for further expansion to Iran’s nuclear programme and an end to inspections of nuclear facilities by the UN watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The Iranian foreign ministry said it did not agree with the bill and President Hassan Rouhani has suggested he will not sign it into law.
The end of IAEA inspections in Iran would probably mark a fatal blow to the accord’s chances of survival.
The statement issued after Monday’s meeting “stressed the importance of continued good faith cooperation with the IAEA”.